By David Anderson
Normally it’s a once-upon-a-time event for which villains — mostly, and heroes — sparsely, are cast in roles to relive on the silver screen a tale once told. But with what’s happening on the national stage today, it’s just the reverse.
This time, in real-time, the actors are playing themselves with a sounds-familiar script. Benghazi has become the new blockbuster.
In the final scene of the 1994 movie “Clear and Present Danger,” Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) tells the President of the United States (Donald Moffat) that “he intends to blow the whistle at a Congressional Oversight Committee session despite the damage it could do to his career. He walks out of the Oval Office and begins his testimony to Congress.”
Today, May 8, 2013, is the opening scene of the Congressional House Oversight and Government ReformCommittee (CHOGRC) in which testimony will be heard from three whistle blowers who’ve refused to dance the President’s “old Potomac two-step,” by revealing what they know concerning an alleged cover-up of the terrorist attack Sept.11, 2012, on the U.S. foreign serviced facility in Benghazi, Libya.
As well they should.
Four Americans were murdered that day.
They were United States Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, and Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods, their names and titles provided by Eric Golub in The Washington Times.
With many liberals denouncing the entire Benghazi investigation as “a partisan witch hunt led by Republicans who want to destroy the Obama administration at all costs,” observes Golub, and yet at the same time the same liberals are “circling the wagons and doing everything under the sun to protect the Obama administration no matter what,” will the truth out?
Ironically, just a few days ago, April 30, America celebrated Honesty Day – a day set aside to celebrate truth. The idea is – or was, since that day was then and this day is now – that “anyone may ask a question and the person asked should give a truthful and straightforward answer.”
Evidencing spine not spin.
Or political protectionism.
Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who “desperately wants to be the first female President,” says Golub, Clinton “considered the favorite for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for president,” reports Bob Unruh in a World Net Daily exclusive — are “accused of pushing a false narrative about an anti-Muslim video rather than admit that Radical Islamist engaged in a pre-planned attack on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. They are also accused of ordering that talking points specifically addressing Radical Islam were altered.”
In this unfolding investigation, will it matter that National Honesty Day has come and gone?
Will Benghazi be about four dead Americans or is it of greater concern that the truth might mean “a crushing blow for liberal women,” as Golub suggests — Clinton in particular — should the attempt to minimize political damage to her presidential bid not be successful?
“National Honesty Day was designed to commemorate the truthfulness of presidents,” but now “there is evidence that the administration knew from the beginning that it was a terrorist attack,” reports Unruh, and not a spontaneous Muslim riot “over a little-known online video that defamed Islam’s founder.”
So did the President and/or staff have a hand in the alteration of talking points, rewriting intelligence reports, to cover-up what he/she/they knew to be the truth?
Could the U.S. military have responded to the attacks in a timely manner and if so were they told to “stand down”that day while four Americans died, as already charged in sworn testimony by State Department career worker Gregory Hicks — an accusation that “directly conflict(s) with multiple statements by the Obama administration”?
Has “the White House administration worked hard to obscure this fact” — the withholding of American resources — an outcome likely to be revealed as a result of the hearings according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of HOGRC, as reported by Cheryl K. Chumley in The Washington Times?
Have the three whistle-blowers who have now come forward — Gregory N. Hicks, Deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, Mark I. Thompson, Counterterrorism Bureau Deputy Coordinator for Operations, and Eric Nordstrom, Libyan Regional Security Officer — been intimidated by the State Department, their testimony here-to-fore suppressed as Chaffetz claims?
Now that the Hicks-Thompson-Nordstrom collective have in affect declared “Sorry Mr. President, I don’t dance,” will we now know the truth on this post-honesty day?
In this sordid sequel to a most clear-and-present danger – the danger that the truth will be only subliminal in favor of what’s political – it remains to be ‘scene.’
David, really? Where was your outrage at the multiple deaths at embassys during the Bush administration? Where was your outrage when the GOP, especially Darrell Issas (sp?) insisted on decreasing money for security for our diplomats? That is the REAL issue here. There is/was no cover-up. The outrage is a smoke screen to draw attention away from the issue of a do-nothing congress and the real issues currently going on. This was a horrible, horrible incident but was not a cover-up. It is NOT what it is being made out to be and if those like you keep beating the issue the truth of what you are doing will hopefully be brought forth. As a lifelong republican who did not leave the party (but whose party left her with its current unfortunate craziness) I am embarrassed by what is going on with this foolishness when they need to get to work for the country. Truly sad issue but if anyone is to blame it is voting to take away the security from our diplomats which unfortunately was pushed by the GOP — Stop being one of the crazies who ruined my party!
David Anderson says
When you make statements Sudeelee like “There is/was no cover-up,” and “I am embarrassed by . . . this foolishness” (your words) — apparently your reference to the investigation into the deaths of four Americans, you, with broad brush, whitewash in most cavalier fashion a most legitimate inquiry into questions unanswered or answers provided that have changed over time. Rather than be so dismissive, again quoting you “the truth . . . will hopefully be brought forth,” if indeed your interest is the truth and if indeed there is nothing to hide, then you would support Bradley Blakeman’s recommendation on Newsmax in which he calls for a Benghazi special prosecutor.
Bob Thompson says
If I wanted to listen to Rush Limbaugh I would turn on the radio. What a stupid editorial (I’m assuming it’s an editorial and not a letter to the editor). The Suburban Times of my youth was a community treasure and talked about local events. It didn’t provide space for some partisan hack to spread Republican b.s. Suburban Times: I you want to lose advertisers and readers keep this up. Because that is what will happen!
David Anderson says
“Stupid,” “partisan hack,” “Republican b.s.” all followed by a threat Bob Thompson?
“Nothing tells us more about people than the opinions they hold and their reasons for holding them.”
(“The Aims of Argument” by Timothy W. Crusius and Carolyn E. Channell, p.4)
I’m with you Bob, but we’ve been subjected to this from Anderson here and on the Lakewood Patch! Oh joy!
Sudeelee, Really! You claim you were a Republican? You were probably a rino! You’re a lib that can’t get off the Bush Administration. It only shows you’re ignorance in factual information! You think the Consulate in Benghazi fell because of Darrell Issa & Congress decreasing money? U.S. Embassies around the World have great security, I know, I’ve been there and this Embassey was inadequate, they recognized it and your hero Hillary did nothing about it. You are qualified as a “Low Information Voter” who gets their news from the “Today Show!” So go watch reruns of Matt Laur interviewing Kermit the Frog!!
Honey, I was not a rino, I’m just not part of the new whacko party that has gone crazy. I’m not a far lefty either. But a congress who admits that their only agenda is to do nothing until the president is gone has a big problem in my book, whatever party they are in. First it was to make the president a one termer and secondly it is now to do nothing because he won. How stupid is that? I even voted for bush the first time sweetie pie! so there!
Really, you think that’s what the House is doing? And all that success Harry Reid is doing for the Senate, not even bringing bills forward? Get real! You need to quit watching major media TV and get educated and read I’d start at first with the Wall Street Journal & dump the New York Times or Washington Post. And as for Thompson, he needs to quit stealing our good air!